Herb: Green Bristle Grass


Latin name: Setaria viridis


Family: Gramineae (Grass Family)



Medicinal use of Green Bristle Grass:

The seed is diuretic, emollient, febrifuge, refrigerant and tonic. The plant is crushed and mixed with water then used as an external application in the treatment of bruises.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Annual


Height:
45 cm
(1 foot)

Flovering:
August to
October

Habitat of the herb:

Dry places and cultivated ground. Mountain slopes, roadsides and grassy waste places throughout most of China.

Edible parts of Green Bristle Grass:

Seed. Small. It is used in the same ways as rice or millet, either boiled, roasted or ground into a flour. The seed (roasted?) is said to be a coffee substitute.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow early spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination is usually quick and good. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on fast. Plant them out in late spring, after the last expected frosts. Whilst this is fine for small quantities, it would be an extremely labour intensive method if larger amounts were to be grown. The seed can be sown in situ in the middle of spring though it is then later in coming into flower and may not ripen its seed in a cool summer.

Cultivation of Green Bristle Grass:

Dry places and cultivated ground. Mountain slopes, roadsides and grassy waste places throughout most of China.

Known hazards of Setaria viridis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.